THE INNKEEPERS – The plot itself is basically a throwaway, but lead actors Sara Paxton and Pat Healy work really nicely off each other. There are a number of problems with the script; the ghost-hunter angle gets the most basic ideas so wrong that this film is likely not going to be well-received among the believers in such things. One of the most notable to me was how ‘Electronic Voice Phenomenon’ (EVP) is presented in ways even more at odds with reality than even the worst of the ‘real’ ghost-hunters. Still, surprisingly good work by the leads get me past these, largely irrelevant, plot points.
HUGO – Once again, a 3D film where the 3D is mostly to show falling snow, and serves very little other purpose. It’s a cute film, but it doesn’t really deserve best picture at the Academy Awards this year. Maybe it’s just that films about film by big name directors just get automatic nominations. The two young actors are good, and the film is enjoyable enough with its story of the lost films of George Méliès (Kingsley), but it felt like mostly empty sentiment.
PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY – I haven’t seen the other two films in ages, but I don’t remember footage of the corpses of the dead kids, apparently in full rigor, laying on the ground at the crime scene. While I don’t care for the importance the film makers place on celebrity input in determining the innocence or guilt of the West Memphis 3, the film makers do make an impressive case. As with many documentaries, the ending of this one is disappointing. The WM3 are basically forced to a conclusion that is beyond their control.